Saturday December 20th, 2014
Saturday December 20th, 2014
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2015: Ex-Minister, Ortom, tears Benue APC apart

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*Ortom

The primary elections of the two leading parties in Benue State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, may have come and gone, but the fallout of that process has certainly left sour taste in the mouths of most of the aspirants in the APC.

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2015: ‘Deltans will back Jonathan, Okowa’

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Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan (L) and vice president Namadi Sambo wave to supporters during a presidential primary in Abuja, on December 10, 2014. Jonathan is expected to be formally endorsed as the PDP candidate, with no other challengers, for the next year presidential elections.    AFP PHOTO

Mr. Smart Asekutu, President, Delta Ijaw Peace Movement (DIPM) and a top brass of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, in this interview, speaks about the 2015 elections, especially the chances of President Goodluck Jonathan and the emergence of Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa as the gubernatorial candidate of PDP in the state, among other issues.

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PVC distributions: There’s no sinister plot against any state – Igini

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Mike-Igini

Barrister Mike Igini is the Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC in Cross River State. In this interview, he bares his mind on the operational challenges in the distributions of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), INEC’s preparedness for the 2015 general elections, and subsisting cases of defections, among other issues. Excerpts:

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Okowa’s running mate: Clark, Manager, Tompolo in a fierce battle

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Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa

The issue of which ethnic group will produce the running mate to People’s Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate in Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has triggered a fresh political war in the state.

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Impeachment plots: The fake ‘Amalgedom’ prophesy

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Tambuwal and Goodluck Jonathan

Politicians, especially, the Nigeria- made brand, are funny. When things are going their way, they can sing Alleluia, but immediately things begin to go contrary to their expectations, they will start parading fake information that only exists in their imagination about the looming war of Amalgedom.

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Why Amosun has failed in Ogun — Gbenga Daniel

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Gbenga Daniel

Former Ogun State governor, Otunba Justus Olugbenga Daniel on Thursday November 27, 2014 received Vanguard Newspapers’ General Editor, Mr.Adekunle Adekoya and Bashir Adefaka for an exclusive interview during which he spoke on the state of Ogun State politics and other issues.. Excerpts:

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Evaluating SURE-P three years on

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JONATHAN

THREE years ago, Nigeria was in the frenzied grip of another sort of campaign. There were intense arguments for, and against the planned removal of fuel subsidy. By January 2012, organised Labour paralysed the country with a nationwide strike that had echoes of similar work stoppages in the preceding decade when fuel prices were increased rather peremptorily. In the heat of the debate, anyone could have been forgiven for being cynically dismissive of the Federal Government’s insistent pledge of what it would do with its own share of the savings from the partial withdrawal of fuel subsidy.

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Lagos 2015: How PDP got it wrong

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ambode

That the PDP has one or two things to learn from the APC, especially in the conduct of intra-party primaries and elections, is becoming clearer by the day. In fact, one thing the APC has proven adept at doing is listening to the voice of the public and adapting to it.

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Enugu Fiesta: Kimono, Uwaifo, Ejeagha extol Chime

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Gov Chime

NIGERIAN music legends, Tuesday night, extolled Governor Sullivan Chime for transforming Enugu into an alluring city with the awesome facilities, scenery and security comparable to what obtains in other developed cities of the world.

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Politicians should see Nigeria beyond 2015 Elections —Zakari

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zakari

A former Gubernatorial Aspirant under the banner of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) in Niger state, Engineer Inuwa Zakari has charged Politicians across the country to be weary of their utterances especially at this crucial period of elections in the country in order not to set the country ablaze out of their desperation to win election.

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Why we went for Akala to remove Ajimobi — Ajulo, LP scribe

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•Ajulo: Our party is well prepared for 2015

MR Kayode Ajulo is the National Secretary of the Labour Party (LP), who in this interview expresses optimism that the party will be a force to reckon with in the 2015 general elections in the country. He also explains why the party has resolved to accept aggrieved members of other political parties into its fold to actualise their ambitions.

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NASS 2015: Rat race begins in S’West

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scramble-for-senate

With less than 55 days to National Assembly elections, billed for February 14, 2015, political parties have already picked their standard-bearers that will contest elections into the Senate and House of Representatives, across the six states in the South-West. Howbeit, even though candidates from the two dominant parties in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC, have lined up their campaign arsenals to slug it out, other parties like the Labour Party, LP, Social Democratic Party, SDP, National Conscience Party, NCP, Accord Party, AP among others can not be underestimated, as they are also blowing hot countdown to the polls.

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APC: Divergent sounds over choice of running mate

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Osinbajo

THE emergence of Prof Yemi Osibajo as the vice presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, came as a mixed bag to a lot of people.

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How Amosun’s running mate emerged

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L-R: Yetunde Onanuga,  Chairman of the Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Roqueeb Adeniji and Governor Ibikunle Amosun at the declaration.

COntrary to the expectation by the people of Ogun state on the choice of the running mate of Governor Ibikunle Amosun, the governor and some leaders of the All Progressives Congress chose a dark horse.

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Rough season for female political aspirants in C/River

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Hon. Nkoyo

ONE passion that Senator Liyel Imoke, the Cross River State governor and his dear wife, Obioma, have in the past seven and a half years been doggedly committed to is the enhancement of the political and economic status of women in the state.

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Insurgency: Solution lies between PDP and APC — Bishop Isong

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Bishop Isong

President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Cross River State and General Overseer of Christian Central Chapel International –CCCI, Ikot-Eneobong, Calabar, Bishop Emmah Gospel Isong is an avid follower and analyst of contemporary and political developments in Nigeria and the world. In this interaction, he speaks on why the Boko Haram insurgency is defying solutions and why the political parties must ensure internal democracy

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Aregbesola closes case, as APC opens defence today

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Aregbesola and Omisore

Having called 19 witnesses to defend his case, the winner of August 9 governorship election, Governor Rauf Aregbesola, who is the first respondent in the petition filed by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, has closed his defence before the Osun State Election Petition Tribunal.

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Why Bankole can’t challenge Ogun PDP gov primaries — Isiaka

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Gboyega-IsiakaA

Prince Nasir Gboyega Isiaka who won the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primaries in Ogun State in this interview dismissed the insinuation that the former Speaker, House of Representatives Mr. Dimeji Bankole is contesting his victory at the primaries and blamed the opposition for trying to create crisis in the party

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Christians are being recruited by Boko Haram – Prophetess Nonnie

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Prophetess Nonnie

Prophetess Nonnie is one woman of God who has exhibited high level of discipline in both her religious belief and national service. The prophetess who appears more like a leftist is of the view that church must not hold only on Sunday, a controversial view that has kept many pastors talking. The prophetess also believes that it’s only men and women of God that can change the cause of Nigerian history, believing that leaders are often chosen by God and must always seek the face of God.

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APC vice-presidential offer: Tinubu’s triumph and tussles

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APC leader, Bola Tinubu

In withdrawing himself from consideration on the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu described it as a patriotic duty and personal contribution towards rescuing Nigeria from the clutches of poverty which he said the ruling administration had plunged the country

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Osinbajo: Where Tinubu, Buhari meet Awo

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Osinbajo

Professor Yemi Osinbajo who was, yesterday, named as the running mate of the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari is a senior lawyer who earned a reputation for integrity and steadfastness in the country’s murky political terrain. He brings to the ticket another dose of integrity that is already known about Buhari.

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How Imoke brought peace to PDP in Cross River — Senator Adede

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imoke

Senator Musa Adede businessman politician is the owner of Kings Airline and represented Cross River State North Senatorial District from 1999 to 2003 in the Senate.

In this interview he lauds Governor Liyel Imoke for his inclusive approach to governance and flays recent critics of the governor, cautioning them to tread carefully

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Head or tail, it’s Yuguda in Bauchi

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*Yuguda

The governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who emerged from the recent primaries are alleged to be scions of the outgoing governor of the state, Alhaji Isa Yuguda. Whatever happens, Yuguda could have peace out of office

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Jang’s successor: Bickering over PDP primaries alter calculations in Plateau

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Jang: Stop complaining against God's choice

THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP primaries in Plateau State have been concluded with candidates emerging for all posts available for the 2015 general elections.

While some are happy with the outcome of the exercises, reactions are still trailing the governorship primaries, which saw Senator GNS Pwajok emerging as the winner.

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Why Jonathan candidature offers stability

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President Goodluck Jonathan casting his vote during the Special Convention at the Eagle Square, Abuja.

It was an emphatic “Yes” that the Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, received in the early hours of Thursday, December 11, 2014, from more than the required two-thirds of the delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who had gathered at the Eagle Square Abuja, to ratify his candidature as PDP’s flag bearer in the February 14, 2015 presidential elections.

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EPZ crisis, insecurity: Our disappointment with Jonathan — Prof Afejuku

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Affejuku... Clark has no case

Prof.Tony Afejuku is a professor of English and Literature at the University of Benin (UNIBEN). The Itsekiri nationalist in this interview with Vanguard, declares that the Itsekiris may secede from Nigeria if President Goodluck Jonathan fails to handle the issue of Export Processing Zone (EPZ) properly. He further declares that the president lacks all it takes to run for a second term in office just as he warns that 2015 may not be a reality

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Buhari, the legend at 72

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General Muhammadu Buhari

Permit me to join millions of Nigerians in saluting Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), GCFR, the man we fondly call GMB, as he clocks 72 years in our clime where the official life expectancy is more than two decades below his age.

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Why I’m marking time on politics — Wuyep, former Chief of Air Staff

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Wuyep

AIr Marshal Jonah Wuyep, a former Chief of Air Staff under President Olusegun Obansanjo in this interview speaks on sundry issues ranging from his life in service, security situation, terrorism, and politics amongst others

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Buhari rekindles hope from Lagos

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APC-convention-Buhari

Teslim Balogun Stadium, venue of the just concluded National convention of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Surelere, Lagos State wore a new look outside being a beehive of activities.

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Ebonyi: Are the hawks now after Elechi?

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*Gov Elechi

THE rumoured plans to impeach Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State by the State House of Assembly was in the eyes of some a fluke. Those saying so insist that the peace and stability of the state remains unshakable

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Celebration of Jonathan in Abuja

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•Senate President, Senator David Mark, wife of the Vice President, Hajia Amina Sambo, Vice President Nnamadi Sambo, First Lady, Patience Jonathan and National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mua'zu at the PDP National Convention in Abuja.

ABUJA, the nation’s capital city, was last Wednesday practically locked down by a combination of traffic gridlock and security cordon put in place for the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

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Ndoma-Egba: Victim or victor of a conspiracy

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*Ndoma Egba

The over 15 years Nigerian successive democratic process, is still surprisingly and painfully far from being matured. Up till the moment, merit appears irrelevant, thrown to the wind. What thrives in Nigeria’s political circle right now are subservience to Godfather’s who promote sheer mediocrity across the land. Anyone who attempts to be a guiding light or advocates for standard and level-playing ground is marked in some cases and made a scapegoat thereafter.

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